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Rastaman in Exile

by Ras Midas

Roots rock reggae.
Genre: Reggae: Roots Reggae
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1. Rastaman in Exile
4:37 $0.99
2. Rat and Cat World Power
5:18 $0.99
3. Trop Longtemps Dans Le Vent
5:03 $0.99
4. Burning Revelation
3:40 $0.99
5. Zion Last Train
3:48 $0.99
6. Plague and Armageddon
3:07 $0.99
7. Melchizedek
4:48 $0.99
8. Lean on Jah
4:36 $0.99
9. Too Long in the Wind
5:06 $0.99
10. Let the People Go
7:22 $0.99
11. Natty Dread Surprise
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Album Notes
"The album you now hold, Rastaman In Exile, originally released in 1980 (Disc AZ International), won France's Reggae Album of the Year Award that year and achieved massive sales in the Francophone world of Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Long considered among the most important releases of its time, it has achieved the status of a classic recording among critics and fans alike." -Roger Steffens, Reggae Historian

Ras Midas: Prophecy Revealing (Review of "Rastaman In Exile")
Musical Prophet. Royal voice of the One Love Revolution.

For over 40 years, Ras Midas's visionary and poignant messages of Love, Prosperity, Revolution, Prophecy, and Wisdom serve as concrete observation of past, present, and future. King's Music that is adored and cherished across the four corners of Creation. Certainly mystical, his broad catalog of message music is prophecy revealing and as pertinent today as when first recorded...as Midas's consistency through the decades flows like a mighty river. From his debut, “Cover Me” (1974) to “Rain And Fire” (1979) to the Grammy considered “Confirmation” (2000) and his recent “Fire Up” (2010), this humble Rastaman continually creates music with a sense of purpose delivered from the Highest regions.

The treasure you're holding is “Rastaman In Exile.” This is not a reissue but a new presentation and extension of this dynamic album. Originally released in 1980, this landmark album is important on many levels. Yes, it was heralded Reggae Album Of The Year (France, 1980). It includes Trop Longtemps Dans Le Vent, the first Reggae song delivered in French from a Jamaican Roots artiste, and is his best-selling album to date. Its absolute importance is because it fits into today's history and truly suits the times. Prophecy revealing? Yes, indeed!

The content on “Rastaman In Exile” perfectly describes today's turmoil and world cry. Songs like Rat And Cat World Power, Burning Revelation, and Plague And Armageddon are as relevant today as when first recorded. The earnestness of Lean On Jah injects hope to a hungry massive. Ras Midas explained "the cosmic laws of nature manifest the light into levity." The title track pertains to all people seeking a new living and seeking human rights. This situation is happening right now!

This Roots album has been expertly remixed, remastered, and re-realized to full effect. There is new crispness in the atmosphere while retaining the jazzy feel of the original. The timeless Let The People Go and Natty Dread Surprise are tracks not heard on the original, both remixed by Mabruku Extendedzz. Veteran engineer Dave Plummer (Cypress Recording Studio, Jacksonville Beach, Florida) remixed and remastered this masterpiece. The legendary Sylvan Morris (Harry J's Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica) was the original recording and mixing engineer, and he overdubbed this Roots affair. Ras Midas and Sylvan Morris started working together in the early 70s, and their Royal link and deep friendship continues today.

“Rastaman In Exile” is considered one of the most powerful albums in Reggae history. Put this musical disc into heavy stereo and let the Royal message flow. These are Zion sounds that will be embraced by true music lovers globally. Whether you're familiar with this wise man's message or hearing Ras Midas's sounds for the very first time, this is an album to be cherished from the first note to the very last drop.
-Robert "Higherman" Heilman, Reggae-Vibes.com

Ras Midas: Biography and Discography...

Singer, songwriter, performing and recording artist, composer and producer, Ras Midas has produced critically acclaimed roots rock Reggae music since 1974, when he began recording unique and innovative songs for legendary Jamaican producer, the late Harry Johnson (Harry J Recording Studio, Kingston, JA).

Ras Midas’s first album, Cover Me (1974), was released on Harry J Records/ Trojan Records, and was followed by Reflections in 1976. His first international hit, “Kude-A-Bamba,” was recorded in English and Swahili on Harry J Records/ Island Records (1974); the single quickly sold half a million copies worldwide.

Kude-A-Bamba (1978) and Rain & Fire (1979) were released on Harry J Records/ Island Records; Rastaman In Exile was recorded at Harry J’s and released on Disc AZ International (France) in 1980, followed by Stand Up Wise Up, recorded at Harry J’s and released on Celluloid (France) in 1984.

In 1979, Ras Midas collaborated with the late Jamaican DJ I-Roy (Roy Samuel Reid), on 12” disco mixes of “Kude-A-Bamba,” “Trouble Town” (Harry J Records/Virgin Records), and “Good Old Days” (Harry J Records/Tribesman Records, U.K.), all receiving critical acclaim.

Stand Up Wise Up was re-released in the U.S. on Ras Midas’s label, JML Records, in 1988, followed by Loving Vibration (1998), Confirmation (2000), Reaching Out (2006), and Fire Up (2010). Loving Vibration was rated No. 3 by music critics in the 1998 Top Ten independently produced World Music albums category and, two years later, Confirmation was voted into the Top Ten for consideration for a Grammy Award.

Always recording with top-notch, respected musicians and vocalists, Ras Midas’s albums feature Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley, Pam Hall, Annesa Banks, Keble Drummond (The Cables), and Carlton Smith, Junior Moore, and Derrick Lara (The Tamlins) on backing vocals.

Sylvan Morris, one of the most acclaimed Reggae music engineers and arrangers, worked with Ras Midas on all but Ras Midas’s last two albums.

Musicians who have recorded with Ras Midas include:
Drums - Sly Dunbar, Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Mikey Richards, Santa Davis
Bass - Robbie Shakespeare, Val Douglas, Ian Lewis (Inner Circle), Ranchie McLean
Guitars – Ernest Ranglin, Andy Bassford, Dwight Pickney, Gitsy Stuart, Earl “Wire” Lindo
Piano/organ - Gladstone “Gladdy” Anderson, Ansell Collins, Winston Wright, Franklin “Bubbler” Waul
Clavinet/synthesizer – Peter Ashbourne, Robert Lynn
Horns - Dean Frazer, R. Nambo Anderson, Junior Chin
Percussion - Sticky Thompson, Noel “Skully” Simms, Bongo Herman – and many other prominent musicians.

A Rastaman with a distinctive style and a silky smooth voice, Ras Midas sings with the mission of a musical revolutionary. Dubbed “The Musical Prophet” early in his career, Ras Midas’s powerful messages of social justice, love, unity, and spiritual consciousness have remained unchanged over four decades.

Consistently presenting electrifying performances showcasing positive lyrics sung over solid, original, and authentic roots rock Reggae rhythms, Ras Midas continues to push traditional Reggae music into a new and contemporary dimension while still retaining its roots.

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Cover Me (1974) Harry J Records/Trojan Records
Reflections (1976) Harry J Records/Island Records
Kude-A-Bamba (1978) Harry J Records/Island Records
Rain & Fire (1979) Harry J Records/Island Records
Rastaman In Exile (1980) Disc AZ International (France)
Stand Up Wise Up (1984) Celluloid (France)
Stand Up Wise Up (1988) JML Records (U.S. release)
Loving Vibration (1998) JML Records
Confirmation (2000) JML Records
Reaching Out (2006) JML Records
Fire Up (2010) JML Records

12” Disco Mixes
“Kude-A-Bamba” with I-Roy (1979) Harry J Records/Virgin Records
“Trouble Town” with I-Roy (1979) Harry J Records/Virgin Records
“Good Old Days” with I-Roy (1979) Harry J Records/Tribesman Records (U.K.)
“Rain And Fire” (1979) Harry J Records/Warrior Records
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1979) Harry J Records/Warrior Records
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1980) Nocedicoco: A Goody Music Reggae Line (Italy)
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1984) Celluloid (France)

Songs on Compilations
“Trouble Town” (Disco Mix) on Reggay Roots (1977) Harry J Records
“Rastaman In Exile” on Reggae Party From Jamaica (1983) Disc AZ International (France)
“Good Old Days” on 12 The Hard Way (1988) Tribesman Records (U.K.)



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